Hi-diddly-ho above-average tone seekers! Today I make good on a promise I made over on the Q&A forum … I was asked to do a shootout between the WGS big-dog Alnico Blackhawk HP and the Ceramic ET-90. Wow! What a cool idea. In essence the idea is this: “Hey they are both big juicy warm speakers that can handle big-wattage tube amps … so, what can I expect to gain with a couple hundred dollars’ worth of highly sought-after Alnico? Good Question! So good that the idea just hit me … I need to make my next blog a detailed expose’ on the merits of Alnico vs Ceramic vs Neodymium. Yea! That’ll be next; I promise. But for now…
I won’t waste a bunch of time telling you how I personally felt about the results … well … just a LITTLE time :-)
The Alnico Blackhawk HP did that magical thing that Alnico does … makes the top end both very present & very smooth all at the same time. Generally you get one or the other, with Alnico you get both!
The ceramic ET90 has a bit more upper-midrange presence … but doesn’t have as much silky-smooth top-end chime.
Personally, I’d probably choose the Blackhawk HP over the ET-90 (if money were no issue) for everything except maybe full-on high-gain use. But that’s just me … what y’all think? Post your thoughts here, I’d love to hear some other takes on this shootout. Now ... roll the Video!